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Overview (2)

Born in Broadstone, Dorset, England, UK
Died in Selsey, West Sussex, England, UK

Mini Bio (1)

British producer/director Michael Relph, the son of stage actor George Relph, graduated from Bembridge School and became apprenticed to Alfred Junge at Gaumont Pictures in 1932. He was also a stage designer and art director, often working for Michael Balcon. In 1942 he became the chief art director at Ealing Studios, and in 1946 became a producer and screenwriter. He began a productive partnership with director Basil Dearden at the studio, and the relationship continued after Ealing went out of business. He directed such pictures as Davy (1958), Mad Little Island (1958), but eventually gave up directing to concentrate solely on producing. Later in his career he became Chairman of the BFI Production Board.

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Spouse (2)

Maria Barry (1950 - 2003) ( her death) ( 1 child)
Doris Gosden (1939 - ?) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trivia (7)

Son of George Relph.
Succeeded Michael Balcon as chairman of the British Film Institute Production Board in 1972, following Balcon's retirement. Relph later returned to commercial film production with Don Boyd in 1982 with An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (1982).
His career in films began in 1933 working as an assistant art director with Michael Balcon, who was working as an art director for MGM-British and Warner Brothers. In 1942 Relph joined Ealing as chief art director, working mainly on Basil Dearden's films. He was a producer and occasional writer. After producing Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), he began his long, prolific partnership with Dearden, up until Dearden's death in 1971. Sometimes credited as a joint director with Dearden, Davy (1958) is regarded as his directorial debut.
Daughter, with Maria Barry, Emma Relph, actress.
Son, with Doris Gosden, Simon Relph, film producer and former chairman of BAFTA.
Founded Allied Film Makers production company in the early 1960's.
From 1971 to 1976, he was chairman of the Film Producers Association of Great Britain.

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